For the past few months I have been working on an exciting project with some of our partners to test the new hosting and multi-tenant features of SharePoint 2010. 

 

SharePoint 2010 has built-in multi-tenant support out of the box, which gives service providers and their customers a great opportunity to leverage and use the rich functionality of SharePoint, while making it easier for small and medium sized businesses to adopt.

 

As a result of our project we published a sample control panel, with its source code in code gallery, along with a whitepaper that is specifically focused on hosting scenarios at no charge here.

 

This guidance is being used today by some of our partners who we worked with in our GoLive program such as FPweb, MelbourneIT, and EMS-Cortex, where they will be ready with their commercial offerings in the near future.

 

I will be writing more about our thoughts for go-to-market and differentiating your offerings with SharePoint 2010, and am very interested to hear yours too.

 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for SharePoint 2010 launch on May 12

 

Happy hosting!

 

Talal Alqinawy, industry director, Microsoft Communications Sector